I know it's Christmas time but this year Swan Lake spanks the Nutcracker. "The Black Swan" was not only a tense thriller (and more than a little disturbing), it was also breathtakingly beautiful. The Mulleavy sisters of Rodarte fame completely outdid themselves. I will personally wear a sandwich board and picket if they are not considered for an Academy Award for costume design. (Can sandwich boards be made of cashmere I wonder?) The performance costumes were outstanding but my heart belongs to the long, white, virginal dress with the cross-back that Natalie Portman wears to the party announcing her as Swan Queen. I searched in vain for a photo and feel almost as frustrated as Natalie's Nina in the movie. OK, maybe not that frustrated.